Trending Tile Patterns
There are many modern, stylish tile patterns to choose from. But the biggest trend — tile itself.
As 2016 wound down, designers ramped up the style that will define tile in 2017. Here’s a jump start of what’s in our future from the tile designers and tastemakers leading the pack in trending tile patterns.
Tiles that have dimensional patterns and look hand painted are trending in both bathrooms and kitchens. These spaces are full of hard, straight lines and surfaces. Patterned tile brings in a little softness with curvilinear patterns and break up the still dominant gray and white color palettes as well as instill a little personality into the space.
The lines between contemporary and vintage have blurred with modern bathrooms and kitchens featuring subway tiles due to the versatility in the look and timeless appeal.
Standard rectangular patterns have increased in length. Arranging these rectangular metro tiles vertically instead of horizontally in straight lines has gained popularity due to the cleaner and more contemporary look in minimalist spaces.
The typical rectangle is also becoming slimmer and being arranged in “finger” or “kit-kat” layouts. These long and thin tiles look great laid in vertical or horizontal rows as well as in herringbone patterns.
Geometric Styles and Shaped Tiles
We will continue to see an increase in the use of shaped tiles, such as hexagons and triangles on both floors and walls.
The hexagonal shape is a long-lasting trending tile pattern and a very popular design combination with multiple variations that can go into multiple interpretations. Such as 3D depths. The popularity of this classic shape is in its easy application and fitting of the geometrical pieces into endless array of combinations only limited by the imagination of the creator.
Realistic Porcelain Tile
Technology has been having a positive effect on porcelain tile. Today’s trending tile patterns are so realistic that it’s hard to tell from wood, marble, and other patterns. Due to its easy maintenance and realistic appearance, porcelain tiles will continue to gain in popularity throughout 2017.
Fabric textures such as tweed and denim will remain extremely popular bringing softness to hard surfaced spaces.
Large format tiles are here to stay. Homeowners love the clean look, low maintenance, and limited grout lines. Tiles are being used on floors and walls, taking on an urban feel, and bringing texture to the smooth white and gray surfaces.
White and grays will still rule in 2017 but a new dimension of soft earth tones will be added. Terracotta will begin to make a comeback in homes as part of the growing design trend. This trending tile pattern is all about the quality of handmade items and raw materials but in a clean simpler way. Unlike the rustic tile of the 80s, terracotta tiles will have a natural matte finish and be used as feature walls in bathrooms or for cladding fireplaces.
Tiles that match Pantone colors
Marble will continue to retain its popularity with its white and gray tonal properties. However, stone trending tile patterns will show modern influences with clean lines, creative edging, and geometric cuts as well as color or metallic additions.
Antique Mirror Tiles
Metallic will also play heavily 2017 with the resurgence of mirrored tiles in gold and silver in trending tile patterns.
Sources: Images from Facings of America and Anne Sachs